What does it mean to be born again?

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A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

(Eze 36:26)

It is a popular notion that man is a tripartite being. In other words, he is a spirit, soul and body. But I have news for you; man is not a tripartite being. He is a spirit. He is a spirit being who has a soul and lives in a body. A body without a spirit is dead, but a spirit without a body is alive. Your body is just a house, you will leave it one day, but your spirit will leave on. So when the bible says in today’s text that you will be given a new spirit, it means that you are a new person all together. That is what it means to be born again.

 

Let’s say that you have a laptop, and you change the motherboard and the operating system, but the package outside is still the same, guess what? You have a new laptop. In the same vein, when you want to buy a phone, you don’t just look at the case and pay for it without focusing on what is inside. Why? Because the true worth of the phone is what is on the inside.

It’s the same with you. Your body did not change when you became saved, neither did your mind. But your spirit did. And that is good news, because you’re a spirit. Your spirit is in control of your mind and body. Your body shouldn’t tell you what to do. Reminding yourself of this is a powerful way to begin your day. You make confessions like: ‘I see with my spirit. My mind doesn’t tell me what is attractive. My body doesn’t tell me what to do. I bear fruits consistent with my born again spirit.

John 3:6: Except a man is born of water…the function of the word ‘and’ in the bible isn’t a normal conjunction. It’s used to talk about a word that buttresses the word previously said. The proper rendition is ‘except a man is born of water which is the spirit.’ The new birth is the work of the Holy Ghost in your human spirit. Your body might look the same, but you’re entirely new.

Someone sent me a question a while back saying that someone told him that if he surrenders his heart to Christ all his habits will die, but he found himself doing the same old thing. That is a legitimate concern. When you become born again, your mind isn’t born again, neither is your body.

Your spirit is. You now have a responsibility to make sure that your spirit controls your mind and body. Rom 12:1,2 says:  “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

 

This is your conviction: ‘I’m born again, but I must renew my mind. I must present my body.’  The same way you yielded yourself to unrighteousness, you must now yield yourself to the spirit (Rom 6:19). You are a new creation with a responsibility to remind yourself about who you are, until the life you have received in Christ becomes your culture.

 

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